Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 21 May 2018), December 1746, trial of Elizabeth Mitchel Eleanor Conner (t17461205-5).

Elizabeth Mitchel, Eleanor Conner, Theft > other, 5th December 1746.

6, 7. Elizabeth Mitchel and Eleanor Conner , were indicted for stealing a Pair of Worsted Hose , the Goods of Thomas Berry , Nov. 5 .

Thomas Berry . The two Prisoners at the Bar, Elizabeth Mitchel and Eleanor Conner came into my Shop, they came to the further End of my Compter, which at that Time was very much tumbled with Goods. I went to reach them a Paper of Stockings, at which Time, I perceived Elizabeth Mitchel to draw up to the End of the Shop, where she had no Business: They were very difficult in respect to Colour; they said they must have them handsome, and handsome Clocks; then came in a third Woman, upon which I called down my Spouse, they still remained as difficult as before; at last I perceived Elizabeth Mitchel to draw off a Pair of Stockings, and conceal them under her Cloak; and she took up another Pair, and said to Conner, here, Madam, these are a pretty Pair of Stockings, these may do without giving so much Trouble; with that they made a Courtsey, and went out of my Shop; I followed them out, and at the End of the Lane, at the Time that I had them in Custody, then they dropped them, for I saw Mitchel take them up.

Council for the Prisoner. I am on the Behalf of Eleanor Conner ; Sir, I would ask you whether Mrs Conner was called back?

Berry. No, She was not called back, because I immediately laid hold of her; I took hold of Mitchel first, and then I immediately went and took hold of the other; there was not a Yard difference between them.

Q. What have you to say to Mitchel? What is the Reason that you did not stop her in the Shop?

Berry. I let her go out of the Shop, in order to prove it more fully upon her.

Q. to Catherine Bull . Where do you live?

Bull. In York-Buildings.

Q. What Street in York-Buildings?

Berry. Off-Alley. This Elizabeth Mitchel lodged in our House for two Years.

Q. What Way of Life has she followed?

Bull. She took in Plain-work, or any thing she could get to do.

Q. How did she behave in your House?

Bull. Exceeding well, as far as ever I saw; always kept very good Hours.

Jane Martin . I have known Mitchel these two Years, she has worked Journey-work with me often.

Q. What was her Character?

Martin. I have always known her to have a good one; I never heard an ill thing of her in my Life.

Ann Clark . I live in Holbourn, at the Sign of the Cradle, at a Snuff-shop. I worked along with Elizabeth Mitchel , in Hoop petticoat-making, and Childs Coat making.

Q. How long have you known her?

Clark. I have known her for two Years and a half. I have been with her for two or three Months together, and she never kept late Hours.

Sarah Scot . I have known Elizabeth Mitchel eight or nine Years: I never heard her Character stained in my Life. I live at the King's-Arms in Catharine-street, she makes Bonnets and Cloaks, and works Plain-work, and I never heard a bad Character of her in my Life.

Ann Floyd . I have known Mitchel ever since she was a Child.

Q. Where does she come from?

Scot. From Highgate - We were born and brought up together.

Q. Are you a Relation?

Floyd. No, Sir, not at all; she is a very honest Body; she is the same Business as I, a Milliner, she worked for the Shops in Turn-stile, as I work to.

Elizabeth Ward . I have known the Prisoner nine or ten Years; 'tis not above three Months ago that she quilted the Petticoat I have on. She always behaved in a very pretty Manner. I live in Hewet's Court. I keep a Lock-up-house for Prisoners; my Husband is a Marshal's Court Officer. I never heard a dishonest Character of her in my Life.

Both Acquitted .